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The Buttercross in Ludlow to be tourist centre
BY next summer The Buttercross in Ludlow will have become a key hub for tourists to the town.
It is hoped that a major project to give the historic butter market a new lease of life will be completed by June 2014.
The building will become a centre for tourists with information about the town as well as a historical display including Ludlow’s geological past.
One of the additions to the building will be a lift to enable people with mobility problems to get upstairs. This has required special permission from English Heritage because the building is listed as a result of its historic importance.
New technology is also featuring in the scheme and Ludlow Town Council has contributed £1,000 to the ‘tickle project’.
This is an app people can download free of charge onto a tablet or smart phone. It then provides interactive information about the attractions in the town.
The Buttercross has had a troubled recent history and was for a number of years the home of Ludlow Town Council until a ceiling collapse forced staff to move out.
It has undergone major repairs and been at the centre of a number of controversies.
This included a proposal to close the building off at night by using glass doors to prevent it being used as a public urinal and for other antisocial activities, which was rejected.
A former Ludlow councillor even suggested that it be converted into an up market public convenience with wardens, hot towels, fragrances as well as facilities to enable people to undertake basic do-it-yourself medical tests for facilities such as urine infections and diabetes.
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